I love everything I’ve seen this man write so far. Very interesting interpretations of media & culture from a neo-marxist perspective. Read here for more: http://thenewinquiry.com/blogs/marginal-utility/
re: A lot of the stuff he writes about incorporates other Crit Theory texts without exploring/expounding upon them much further, but I like that he applies these critiques to newer social media (esp. in the ways that this culture of voyeurism and surveillance change socially-constructed values, identity, self-perception, and thus, the foreseeable “meanings of life.”)
Instead of having to reveal oneself, with all the vulnerability that implies, one can calculate self-presentation much more deliberately in social media. This sustains the idea that personal identity is a purely individualistic proposition — that it is not formed through social interaction but prior to it, in isolation.
Rather than eradicate shyness, Facebook seems to generalize its pathology to all its users.
- Rob Horning, “Comfortably Alone,” The New Inquiry Magazine, No. 3: Arguing the Web
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